If you were offered a TV deal to get away from reality for a year and spend your time in the wilderness, would you take it? You’re probably expecting to emerge with some survival deals, celebrity status and book contracts to share your story. What could go wrong? For ten contestants, this was their reality, until that year ended and they found out the show was *womp, womp* canceled.
Channel 4 created Eden, a British reality show and social experiment made to challenge a group of people to make do in the Scottish wilderness, all while being filmed. Only four episodes aired before low ratings led to is cancellation. The remaining footage will be shown, eventually. With originally 23 contestants, 13 dropped out, citing the Highlands’ insects as the main issue.
The legitimacy of the show has also been questioned, with reports stating that the contestants would smuggle in junk food and alcohol or that contestants would visit nearby towns. Channel 4 released the following statement:
“The appeal of Eden is that it was a real experiment and when filming began we had no idea what the results would be and how those taking part would react to being isolated for months in a remote part of the British Isles. That’s why we did it and the story of their time, including the highs and the lows, will be shown later this year.”
So, what did they miss in 2016? Well, Brangelina is done and Prince and Harambe passed long ago. Oh, and please nobody tell them about Donald Trump. Welcome back to civilization.